Thursday, November 6, 2014

First Ever All Souls Ale Art Contest!

Imagine Missoula and Big Sky Brewing, Co. are very excited to announce the first annual All Souls Ale Art Contest! We need your help to design the new label artwork that will grace the bottles of the 2015 edition of the brew!

We’re excited to see what the artists of Missoula have for us! Check out the rules below and then start making some art!


  • Artwork must be original.
  • Artist must be at least 18 years old to enter (must be 21 to win beer prizes)
  • Artwork should embody the values and mission of Imagine Missoula. If you aren't sure who we are, you might want to read this; if you aren't sure what we do, you may want to check this out; and if you need a little help with what we value, click here.
  • Artwork will need to incorporate the following text:
    • The name of the beer: All Souls Ale
    • Style description: Tripel Ale
    • Brewery Name: Big Sky Brewing Co.
    • Contents Description: 750ML, 11% ABV
  • Artwork should meet the following design specifications:
    • Final label will be approximately 4" x 4" and applied to a green 750 ML champagne bottle
    • Artwork should be no larger than 18" x 24" and can be any media format that is scan-able (i.e. flat). Digital files are encouraged.
  • Winning artist will receive sweet prizes, a membership to the ZACC and recognition for their work on the back label and on Imagine Missoula's website. There will also be prizes awarded to the first and second runners-up.
  • The winning design will become the sole property of Big Sky Brewing, Co. All rights reserved.
  • ALL submitted artwork will be retained by Imagine Missoula & Big Sky Brewing, Co.


  • All submissions must be received by December 1, 2014 in order to be considered.
  • All submissions must contain the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Contact Info
    • Date of Birth
  • We encourage you to submit entries electronically. Please email your artwork to: imaginemissoula@gmail.comAttn; All Souls Ale Art Contest. Keep emailed files under 8MB. Submissions must be in a standard file format (tif, jpg, ai, eps, pdf).
  • If you'd prefer to send us a hard copy, please mail it to the following address:

    Big Sky Brewery
    Attn: Mike Morawski
    PO Box 17170
    Missoula, MT 59808
  • Winner will be notified no later than December 11, 2014.

To see a previous year's label, click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A much needed fundraiser!!

Look! A wonderful event to raise money for a much needed mower, edger, and maybe even a truck trailer for Imagine Missoula!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What a list! Look at what we are gonna do this week!

Check out this list for next week (or this weekend if you want to jump in!)
We are meeting needs for folks that have no one to help them like crazy right now Imagine Missoula!! You are AMAZING!!!! <3
NANCY is legally blind and cannot hear. She needs assistance during the cold months.  She can only drink bottled water and picks up 4 cases once a month.  She does not drive which makes it difficult during the winter months.   She would like help once a month bringing the bottled water home.  She lives one mile from Albertson’s.
MARY needs to have the stairs and ramp to her trailer sanded and re-stained.  Her son had come and helped with painting but his girls helped and they missed a few spots - so those need painting as well.
BEA just moved into a new place and needs help putting up towel bars and her smoke alarm (the new one she bought doesn't fit the bracket where the old one was.)  She also has two light fixtures that need to be screwed on (no electrical work involved.)
SALLY Needs some heavy boxes moved from storage.  Her son has been helping her and is not able to move these last few boxes.
GERALD is an elderly veteran living with disabilities and alone and he needs to move sometime by the 30th.
AND. . .
SHAWN has donated his portable clothes washer to a 78 year old woman who has been washing her clothes with a toilet plunger in her bathtub, and just needs it picked up and delivered.
PHEW! No prob though - Imagine Missoula volunteers can do ANYTHING! That's what we've been doing for the last 4 years - and Missoulians and folks all around the country know that we have something really special.
Thanks, you all!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Volunteer of the Month and TEAM MOW 2014!

Here is Todd Cross, our volunteer of the month! He is so dedicated to helping others, being a good neighbor and is always available when we are in a pinch! I have grown to depend on him as a valuable part of our helping community. Thank you Todd!
"I volunteer because there are so many in Missoula who are in need of a little help, and it's encouraging to see what a difference can be made in others' lives and in our own when we take time to respond to others' needs.  I've found that personal fulfillment is achieved through  acts of service, especially alongside others."
​- Todd Cross

Now is the time to form TEAM MOW 2014! If you would like to mow regularly for a person this summer, join the Team! When you go out of town, we can cover you, and some folks have mowers on site and some do not. Please let me know if you are interested asap! Folks who have had one round are ready for the next!
Thank you ALL!!
Nina (

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Hard Lesson In Empathy

I have been sick (like the stay in bed kind) for the last week. One day I came downstairs and looked out the window at the field of weeds, and I was wracked with guilt, embarrassed and concerned that my neighbors would be upset with me. I wanted my beautiful starts in the ground, but there they were, withering on the kitchen counter. I know that I will get well enough to get out there, that I have enough money for another set of starts. This is really a minor set back. Then I thought of all the people waiting for help from us with weeds, mowing, and planting and how they are not going to get well, and cannot replace starts as easily, and how for them, it can mean that they cannot live in their homes anymore. Wow. This is why we do this.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Hi All!
WOW! Give Local Missoula has already raised over $35,000 since midnight last night! And Imagine Missoula has over $1000! You only have until midnight TONIGHT to give to local nonprofits and be part of this new Missoula tradition! Could you please donate just $10? Imagine what could happen if EVERYONE gave just $10? That would make a huge impact on our ability to keep helping Missoula neighbors in need. Huge. And we operate on donations and the big hearts of our volunteers, so we need your help!
Please go to the link and donate to IM, and the nonprofits of your choice (you can choose more than one!) 
Thank you!